Kanon Wakeshima is a classically trained cellist turned pop singer. She’s a poster-girl for the gothic-lolita subculture which heavily influences both her music and fashion-sense. Featuring heavy orchestration, her debut album Shinshoku Dolce is very cinematic sounding ? If one imagines a pop-music rendition of a Tim Burton film it might end up like this. Shinshoku Dolce features a heavy dose of Wakeshima’s cello mixed with electronic pop production. The production is excellent, and helps to enhance Wakeshima’s unique sound with a mixture of synthesizers and classical instruments (including harpsichord, piano, glockenspiel and strings). ‘Shinku No Fatarythm’ is a standout track. The song combines all sorts of sounds and everything falls into place. Wakeshima’s cello playing and vocals are at their best here, and the rest of the instrumentation is a shifting web of textures that serve the song perfectly. ‘Ennui Kibun!’ brings Wakeshima’s vocals to the foreground. The instrumentation is fairly minimal and this song features some of the best harmonies of the album. It’s followed by ‘Suna No Oshiro’, which is much more atmospheric. During the verses Wakeshima sings in a whisper to great effect. The orchestra is very heavy and foreboding and includes a massive sounding church organ. Probably the most epic song on the album, and one of the best. The area where I can find fault is that the production is sometimes too clean. There are moments during ‘L’espoir ? Mahou No Akai Ito’ where live drums would have conveyed much more energy than a drum machine. This could have been a great song, but without an energetic drum performance it doesn’t reach it’s full potential. This isn’t an album that I really expected to enjoy all that much but I am glad to be surprised. Shinshoku Dolce features great songwriting and a really interesting sound. I’d like to hear Kanon Wakeshima come out with something more live sounding, featuring less electronic sequencing, but Shinshoku Dolce is a strong debut and she’s definitely an artist to watch.
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侵食ドルチェ [通常盤] / 分島花音
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Kanon's debut album is one of the best new releases of the year. It has an excellent mix of sounds, and doesn't get too V-Kei-sounding (which is bad for me). Her excellent use of the cello can be found throughout the album, with several other instruments thrown in to good effect. Good thing she decided to include her cello-playing with her demo tape! (See her Wikpeida article for the story.) My favorite track is 6, with 4, 5, 7, and 8 all also very, very good.
Kanon's first album does not disappoint. It is filled with amazing and entrancing songs, both the instrumentals and her vocals are top quality. If you've liked her singles so far, you will LOVE Shinsoku Dolce! The First Press came with a lovely Vampire Knight sticker. If you weren't able to get it, you can find the same sticker in every Limited Edition copy, plus you get a DVD with her two PVs.
Debut album from Kanon wakeshima won't disapoint. You can tell that it's her first work, there is some expiramenting that goes on, but it's creative and enthusiastic. The music is just simply beautiful and I have loved the style since her first two singles Still Doll and Suna No Oshiro came out. The album version for Still Doll is nice. It adds just a little bit extra by including the second verse as a refrain at the very beginning of the song before going into the version you've already heard. Also, sweet Ticket ( Track 1) is just an introduction with no vocals at all but nice to listen to anyways. My favorites on here would have to be tracks 6, 7 and 8. The booklet is beautiful with many pictures of lovely Kanon-san and the Vampire Knight sticker that came with the first press is nice too. It's a good buy, I'd recomend it to anybody.
I love this album! Not only is the cover art beautiful, but the music is goregous. I love Wakeshima's voice. and the cello is wonderful. I love that Mana is producing her.
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